Royal Media service has finally cleared the air surrounding their employee Jacque Maribe who is in remand after being charged for the murder.
During her bail hearing case Prosecution counsel Catherine Mwaniki told Justice James Wakiaga that it will be unfair if Maribe continues to appear on TV screens, especially when witnesses have to testify against her.
She urged the court to consider her profession when ruling on whether to grant her bail.
“I urge you to consider that the second accused person is a news anchor and if released on bail, the court should give alternative conditions to ensure she does not intimidate the witnesses.”
Ever since she was arrested Citizen TV has not addressed the issue, but they have finally broken their silence.
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Read the statement below;
Royal Media Services, the employer of Jacque Maribe, has urged the court to release her on bail.In a Press statement on Thursday morning, Group Managing Director Wachira Waruru expressed confidence that the Citizen TV journalist would adhere to bail conditions if released.
After Moses Kuria, this is the politician who appeared in court to support Jacque Maribe during her bail hearing (Photos)
In part the statement says
“Having engaged her for the last six years and assessing her performance, we hereby vouch for her character and recommend for her admission to bail,”
It comes a day after Maribe and her co-accused Joseph Irungu alias Jowie pleaded not guilty after their charges were read afresh to include other suspects not present before the court.
According to Mr. Waruru, Maribe has a clean record of employment,He cited her work experience as a reporter and her recent promotion to the position of Friday Prime Time news anchor on Citizen TV.
On Wednesday, Maribe’s lawyers sought bail despite objection from the State Prosecutor.
The Prosecution claimed that her presence on the screen would intimidate witnesses lined up to testify against her in the Monica Kimani murder case.
Jowie all smiles as he appears in court for his bail hearing in connection to the murder of Monicah Kimani(Photos)
Ms. Catherine Mwaniki in part said that
“We are not saying that the accused should be sacked or leave employment. We are talking about her role in the media vis-a-vis the likelihood of intimidation,”
The judge seemingly tickled by Mwaniki’s sentiments wondered how Maribe would influence witnesses against testifying by reading news.
Justice James Wakiaga asked the Prosecutor to explain further saying that he is not aware of how the accused’s profession is linked to the objection to her bail application.
“Just elaborate so that I understand. I don’t know what she does because like I told you last time, I don’t clearly watch news. But I have been told she reads news and interviews people,”
The Prosecution however maintained that Maribe is viewed as a “high person in society” and may intimidate witnesses.”
The ruling on the bail application is to be delivered on Tuesday, October 30.
Royal Media Services has in it’s statement confirmed that Maribe is still an employee of the firm but has taken leave to attend to personal matters.